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Secretarial Academic CILEx Level 3 Diploma at Epping Forest College

Course description

You’ll study a wide range of units that will develop Secretarial and Administrative skills, such as business communication, organising travel and accommodation, handling diary systems and organising meetings. You will also develop IT skills and Teeline shorthand.

You’ll take the Level 2 Diploma in Year One and complete the Level 3 Diploma in Year Two. In addition you will also choose an option which could include an A-Level subject if you meet the entry requirements.

Throughout the year, you will go on visits to Snaresbrook Crown Court, the Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court.

Course content

  • Criminal law
  • Civil law
  • Probate law
  • Corporate law
  • Conveyancing law
  • Business skills in a legal environment
  • Advanced proof reading skills
  • Advanced legal word processing
  • Advanced digital audio transcription
  • Book keeping and accounts to trial balance

As part of your study programme you undertake Masterclasses in English and Maths. If you haven’t already got a grade C in English and Maths, you will work towards this grade alongside your course.

All students will have the opportunity to undertake one week’s work experience in a City/local law firm.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*–C including English Language at grade C. OR Level 2 BTEC Diploma (or equivalent) in a related area at Merit level.


Mix of exams, assignments and in-class assessments. There will also be internal assessment days with professional legal firms.

Financial information

The course workbook is included in your course fees but you will need to purchase your own stationery, e.g. course folders, pens, pencils, notebook, ruler, calculator, USB and English dictionary and legal dictionary.

Future opportunities

After completing your course, you could go on to study for a Law degree at university, or study CILEx paralegal professional qualifications. Alternatively, you could go straight into employment in a legal administration/secretarial role at a law firm.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Epping Forest College directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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